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A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE CITROňN 2CV AND ITS CLOSEST RIVAL

Comparison advertising by car makers is all the rage, so we thought we'd have a go.  Why not compare the 2CV with other cars, you ask?Well, that would be too unkind.  To other cars.
No, our nearest competitor - in terms of rugged transportation, economy, reliability, numbers still being built and generally endearing personality - has to be the camel.
So, gentle reader, compare carefully, and draw your own conclusions.  When you see what the Deux Chevaux has to offer compared with Un Chameau, it's no small wonder the camel has the hump.

PERFORMANCE

2CV

1CAMEL

Fuel consumption

49.6 miles per gallon at a constant 56 mph (official French Government tests)

6 miles per kilo of thorn bush at a constant 3 mph (unofficial Sahara tests)

Top speed

68 mph

30 m.p.day

Water consumption

Nil (air-cooled engine)

5-7 gallons a day

Suspension

All-independent.  Hydraulic shock absorbers.  Very comfortable, even on long journeys

Leave your false teeth at home

Seating

4 very comfortable seats

1 desperately uncomfortable seat

Upholstery

Hard wearing vinyl

Slightly fly-blown camel-hair

Boot space

Roomy: 9.3cu.ft. Roomier: removable rear seat and front passenger seat

None (luggage has to go on the roof rack)

Transmission

Front wheel drive

A good thump on the backside

Steering

Rack and pinion ("Reassuringly responsive" - `What Car', June 1975)

Rein-and-bit ("Inclined to back bite" - `What Camel', June 1977)

Sunshine roof

Yes, but this one closes too

Yes

Wheels

15 in. fitted with long-lasting Michelin X radial tyres.  If you have a blowout,use the spare

Four legs.  All tire.  If a leg breaks, shoot the camel

Price

£1,599 (Delivery £48.60 and number plates extra)

£ = GBP

For you, effendi, a youngish daughter, plus 1/2 cwt. of salt

Here comes that remarkable 2 C.V. CITROEN

"Takes these lanes better than any car I know - the suspension is simply superb.  Four of us went for a most comfortable run yesterday and averaged 60 miles to the gallon.  It is another Citroen winner all right - just like the other front wheel drive models."

Have a chat with your Citroen dealer.

2CV £398+£166.19.2 P.T.
LIGHT FIFTEEN £685+£286.10.10 P.T.
SIX CYLINDER £940+£392.15.10 P.T.

£ = GBP

WIND UP WINDOWS X * RETRACTABLE HEADLIGHTS X * REV. COUNTER X * CIGAR LIGHTER X * HEADLAMP WASHERS X * ONBOARD COMPUTER X * ECONOMTER X * FEMALE VOICE READOUT X * TURBO CHARGE X * FANBELT X * REMOTE CONTROL DOOR MIRRORS X * ELECTRIC AERIAL X * CRUISE CONTROL X * ELECTRIC SUNROOF X * RADIATOR X

NO WONDER IT'S SO RELIABLE
THERE'S NOTHING TO GO WRONG

Look what you get with the CitroŽn 2CV.  A complete set of wheels, one on each corner, for perfect mobility.

A peppy little engine tucked away up front that not only starts with the turn of a key but stops in exactly the same manner.

Completely transparent windows for superb all round visibility.

A totally automated braking system, simply activated by depressing a pedal with the foot.

An automatic sunshine roof, you can automatically roll it back when the sun comes out.

Central locking system.  You can reach all the doors from the driver's seat, and many more features too numerous to mention.

In fact everything a driver needs to get him reliably and comfortably from A to B.

CITROňN 2CV £2499

£ = GBP